Statement on Kamloops Residential School
Knox College mourns the 215 children who lost their lives and whose unmarked graves were found at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.
As noted by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, “This news is a stark reminder of the violence inflicted by the residential school system and the wounds carried by communities, families and Survivors into the present…While we may not know who the 215 children are, we are all relations and we know these little ones are deeply loved by their communities and our Creator.”
This is a time for deep sorrow, humility, respect, listening, and action. As we pause to remember the children, we pray for all those who continue to be traumatized by the legacy of Residential Schools and the ongoing systemic racism and violence against Indigenous Peoples in Canada.